We love seeing our work published; almost as much as we love seeing our client’s projects get approved.
The recent boom in neighborhood development has brought some outstanding projects to Los Angeles. We have had the honor of working on several, including the new development at Parsons in Pasadena, and the upcoming re-envisioning of the Westfield Promenade in Tarzana.
This well-known shopping area has been an anchor of the community for a very long time. The designers have utilized this to make it a true community center with residences, shops, parks and a very accessible performance arena.
Our renderings of Westfield Promenade were recently published in the Los Angeles Times, Curbed Los Angeles and The Architects Newsletter. The use of watercolor communicates the organic sense that the designers have incorporated and captures the human experience in a way that anyone can relate to.
Some years back while living in Pasadena, I became familiar with the multitude of wonderful homes in the area and among them The Gamble House, by the Brothers Greene. At some point, the idea of rendering this building began to intrigue me and how I would depict this craftsman masterpiece as an architectural illustration project.
Having some holiday time off in December, I decided to have a go at it- a poster type illustration of the majestic front elevation. The South facing facade is visible to anyone driving down Orange Grove Avenue, and although there are any number view of interesting view angles, I went for “iconic”.
An interesting rendering problem in this case was the deep shadow cast by the eaves for most of the day (also making decent reference photos a challenge) and I chose to play down the shadow in order to present the subtle architectural detail usually obscured in darkness.
In homage to the Beaux Arts style, I rendered it on a beige colored stock, which infuses the overall drawing with warmth and richness.
This pencil drawing was meant to serve as a template for a more formal watercolor rendering – on the back burner for a while due to other projects – but who knows, maybe next Christmas!
TBT: Here is an amazing aerial view of the Canary Wharf project in East London that I drew and painted while working in my step-dad’s studio, Carlos Diniz Associates. This was pre-computer rendering – all done by hand. The original is acrylic paint on a photo-mural panel, a technique developed by Carlos and used exclusively in his studio.
We are delighted to announce that Carlos’ archives have been accepted by the University of California Santa Barbara’s Art, Design & Architecture Museum for inclusion in their permanent collection. We will be posting more gems as we sort through the archive.
You can read more about Carlos and his studio here. For more information about our studio, contact us.